A New Year of Crafting

Yesterday was a quiet day s what better way to spend it than in the sewing room. Having recently bought 5 metres of faux suede fabric which was going cheap because it might come in handy one day I set to work making some little bags that could be used for charity fundraising later in the year.

First off a batch of little Easter bunny bags….

Easter bunny bags

Easter bunny bags

and then a little bag lined with a scrap of cotton patchwork fabric with a sheep and wool design on it. I have decorated the front of the bag with with ribbon that says ‘ewe are so special’. I have made similar bags in the past which have been used as children’s knitting bags and they have contained small pairs of knitting needles and balls of wool.


Finally, I cut out a Scottie dog from a recycled Burberry skirt and embellished the front of the bag with it. And… the little dog is sporting a bit of bling with his diamante collar


I intend to make more of the Scottie dog bags to donate to the Ty Hafan Emporium in Cowbridge to boost their fundraising. The manager there runs a great craft group who are prolific in creating some amazing items for sale. It is certainly worth taking a look.

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Traveller’s Tales Quilt

A while ago I had an idea to make a lap quilt similar to one that I made for my daughter which was based on a pattern that I had seen in a quilting magazine. It was 9″ blocks with heart designs on them. My daughter’s quilt featured hearts but there was also a block with the Loch Ness monster on it as she then lived in Edinburgh and it has a daffodil on to reflect her birthplace – Wales. Her quillow can be viewed at the top of this page

The centre of my quilt and a couple of the blocks acknowledge Wales where I live but then I decided to add blocks and trimmings reminding me of places that I have visited around the world – New York (stencil picture and bow buttons), Stockholm (applique Dala horse and buttons), China (text fabric) , Mexico (Day of the Dead fabric), Amsterdam (Delph fabric) New Zealand (Pohutukawa fabric). And the back of the fabric is a reminder of my favourite place of all – India!


There are many other countries that I have visited and enjoyed that I was unable to include in the quilt – but that just gives me an excuse to make another one in the future!

Some of you might also notice that both quilts have a Scottie dog in there – how could you not include one of them!

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More Christmas Goodies

As they went down so well last year I have been making more Christmas sacks … and as well as using the reindeer image from last year I have created a Gingerbread man image, which looks quite cute!


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Advent Cushion

My latest make which is in demand is this Advent cushion. A novel idea with a lovely Christmas decoration which I found on my trip to new York last year!


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A Wallhanging for Christmas

On a visit to New Zealand in January this year I picked up a lovely pattern for a Christmas tree wallhanging and in time for the festive season I have made it!


The swirls are made with scraps of black print cotton fabrics and the circles and star are made from a corron print that I bought in New Zealand. It is stitched on to a linen background and embellished with tiny diamante before stretching on to an artists canvas.

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Christmas is Coming………

After muttering to myself that it was far too early to be having selection boxes and decorations in the shops I find myself planning a design for this years Christmas cards to send to friends! And below is one design that I have created.


First step was to dye the fabric which I then overprinted with a rollergraph. I then added foil and chose an embroidery stitch from my sewing machine to add a little texture. To finish off I added a wooden Christmas tree which was cut from a roll of Christmas string.

I have been experimenting with pipe cleaners to make these ones -a bit fiddly but they do look quite effective when completed. I have made a stamp with string to see what printed ones will look like?


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Transfer Art Paints and Kunin Felt

Continuing with the experimentation I took some white kunin felt and coloured it with transfer art paints to create decaying autumnal leaves.


The orange/yellow one on the left has been created by randomly painting computer paper with transfer art paints. The colours are then heat transferred to kunin felt and shaped by a soldering iron to give the desired effect.

The second leaf on the right has been created by layering vilene, polyester satin, tyvek and organza. I have zapped it with the soldering iron to make the leaf shape and then further coloured it with fabric crayons.

More experimentation to follow soon………

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Experimenting with Fabric Paints

Inspired by the indigo bath experimentation and as the sun was shining I decided to play around with dyeing some fabrics in the garden.

Paint in garden (1)

I used the polystyrene balls again to see what effect I could achieve with fabric paints. I painted this sample red as I have an idea for making Christmas cards similar to the abstract fabric ones I made last year

Paint in garden (3)

I then used bull dog clips to concertina the fabric which was then painted green and left in the sun. The colour isn’t strong but it has given and interesting stripe design to the fabric.

concertina fabric

I painted a piece of fabric orange, scrunched it up in the tray and left it to dry – close to another piece of fabric – hence the tinge of green!

scrunch fabric

I plan to use the orange and green colours on an autumnal theme that I have in mind.

And finally, I used bubble wrap over painted fabric, which wasn’t as effective as previously so I will be overdyeing that piece of fabric!

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Indigo Dyeing

Today I visited a friend to spend the day experimenting with indigo dye and what a lovely day it was too! Having gathered an array of fabrics, string, bulldog clips, elastic bands, thread, polystyrene balls etc we set to work with some interesting results.

We experimented by trapping the polystyrene balls in the fabric with elastic bands which gave these amazing results

MD shibori2 web

shibori ID web

Then we used a piece of fabric printed with dragonflies. Here we put a piece of cling film over the dragon fly and then trapped the polystyrene ball underneath with an elastic band.

dragon fly web

Next we took a piece of fabric, folded it and sewed it down before dipping it into the indigo, This produced a great effect.

ID linesweb

And finally, we overdyed some fabric that I didn’t particularly like – with some very pleasing results!

MD coloured and printed web

Now I just need to decide what to do with all these lovely samples!!!!

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New Additions to the Conservatory

Having painted the conservatory for the summer I have been busy making new cushion covers to match. The pattern for this one was in a Stitch embroidery magazine and gave the opportunity to practice my free machine embroidery. I have used scraps of silk, leather and linen to make the pebble shapes.

gold circle cushion

And this one I made from a scrap bag that I bought from Sew Lovely fabric shop in Penarth

gold patchwork cushions

Lots of scraps left so I need to have a think about what to use them for!

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